Most election observers thought Teresa Alvarado’s second-place finish in the June 4 primary exceeded expectations. Coming within 10 percentage points of Cindy Chavez for the District 2 county supervisor seat was seen as a momentum-builder, considering Alvarado’s campaign didn’t really get its act together until the final two weeks. But not everyone agreed—namely, Alvarado. Shortly after election night, Alvarado dismissed her entire campaign staff: political consultant Leo Briones, campaign manager Magdalena Carrasco and field operations staffer Adan Lupercio. The Alvarado camp recruited consultant Barry Wyatt and former San Francisco county supe Jim Gonzalez to replace Briones. Jonathan Young will run the day-to-day operations. What the trio lack is knowledge of the local political landscape. Wyatt has some chops, insiders say, but Gonzalez’s best years took place when M.C. Hammer could still afford Hammer pants. And Young’s most prominent position was overseeing Joe Coto’s disasterous bid for state senate last year against Jim Beall. A dispute over money owed by Alvarado to Briones—$45,000 to be exact—has apparently been settled, but questions linger about who’s really in charge of the campaign. Sources tell Fly that no matter who Alvarado hires, the real team consists of Gary Serda, Norm Kline (former Saratoga mayor and campaign treasurer), Andrea Flores Shelton (a former George Shirakawa Jr. staffer who wisely left before the fall) and Blanca Alvarado, the candidate’s mother and a former county supe. With less than six weeks remaining until the July 30 runoff, Alvarado supporters are concerned she might be setting unrealistic expectations on her staff. But, according to one local political consultant, that won’t stop people from helping Alvarado, as this is an ABC campaign: Anybody But Chavez.